Naeem Davis was arrested and implicated himself Tuesday in the death of a New Yorker who was pushed onto subway tracks and killed by a train, according to reports.
Police recovered security video of a man fitting the description of the suspect working with street vendors near Rockefeller Center, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
“The individual we talked to made statements implicating himself in the incident,” Browne said, declining to elaborate on what Davis allegedly said about the incident.
Witnesses told investigators they saw the suspect talking to himself Monday afternoon before he approached Ki-Suck Han at the Times Square station.
The suspect got into an altercation with him (below) and pushed him into the train’s path.
Police took the man into custody Tuesday, but no charges are expected to be announced until Wednesday. He has been identified as 30-year-old Naeem Davis.
Han, 58, of Queens, died shortly after being struck by the tran. Police said he tried to climb a few feet to safety but got trapped between the train and the platform’s edge.
Police sought information from hundreds of straphangers at the subway station and spent 20 minutes interviewing witness Leigh Weingus, WCBS-TV says.
“It was horrifying, it was terrible,” she told the station, adding that people on the platform were yelling to stop the train because of the man on the tracks.
The New York Post published a photo on its front page Tuesday of Han with his head turned toward the train, arms reaching up but unable to climb up in time.
It was shot by freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who was waiting to catch a train.
Abbasi said in an audio clip on the Post‘s website that he had tried the flash on his camera to try to warn the train driver that someone was on the tracks.
He said he wasn’t strong enough to lift Han: “I wanted to help the man, but I couldn’t figure out how to help,” Abbasi said. “It all happened so fast.”
Emotional and ethical questions arose over the photo of the helpless man standing before the train accompanied by a headline that read in part: “This man is about to die.”